Kesgrave couple mark platinum anniversary after happy life together
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Eighty-nine year old Jean and 93 year-old Joe Cass met while they worked at Philips and Piper clothing factory in Ipswich in 1946.
At the time Joe had just been demobbed from the RAF where he fitted engines in Lancaster bombers.
Jean worked on the trouser floor while Joe worked on the coat floor.
“We used to look and smile,” said Jean.
One day, Jean recalled, a letter was placed on her desk asking her out to the cinema.
The pair visited the Odeon to watch A Sentimental Journey which featured Doris Day.
On first meeting her future husband Jean remembers saying to Joe that she had heard that the film was rather sad.
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Joe replied: “It’s okay you can cry on my shoulder.”
The pair were married in 1948 at St Augstine’s Church in Ipswich.
Joe, who was a tailor by trade, made his own suit for the wedding and also made his bride’s going away suit for after the big day.
The couple had their reception at the Great White Horse Hotel and visited Hastings for their honeymoon.
In 1961 the couple renewed their vows at St Helen’s church in Ipswich.
Jean remembers that this was not the norm at the time: “It was unusual then, they didn’t do that as a rule.”
The couple had three children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The couple have rarely slowed down as they have got older.
“We have had a very happy life enjoying 45 years if ballroom and sequence dancing,” said Jean, “ and we have had many wonderful holidays abroad.”
When they were aged 79 and 81 respectively the pair took to paragliding in Majorca.
“We both enjoyed it,” said Jean, “we look back at these things.”
Joe enjoyed a game of golf –often with his son David – while Jean spent 45 years entertaining older people at tea dances in Ipswich by playing the guitar, keyboard or ukelele.
When asked what the secret was to 70 years of happy marriage the couple said that it was down to three things: still enjoying each other’s company, being able to talk things through and having a good sense of humour.